Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Quit on 4/17/07
Chunkster Challenge (incomplete)
If the reader finds pleasure... let him continue; if not, let him throw the book away. The only criterion in the end is pleasure; all the other arguments are worthless.
It's been close to 10 years since I first heard about this book. Someone in my very first online book group raved about the novel, so of course I had to add it to my newly formed TBR list. Bookfool's Chunkster Challenge prompted me to finally give the book a read and I'm sorry to say that after 75 pages, I decided to call it quits. I wish I were still in touch with the woman who spoke so highly of Birdsong so I could ask her if it's one of those books that requires some determination and if it gets better further along. Since I'm not reading nearly as much as I was a few months ago, I decided not to continue wasting my time on a book that simply wasn't entertaining. While I don't plan to follow Simon's advice and throw this book away, I will add it to my BookMooch inventory, with hopes that someone may make a request for it.